Australian Left Review

Abstract

The icy ball of fire known as Hailey's Comet has now left us for another 76 years. Most readers will never see it again although, presuming human life still continues on this planet, some of our children will. The comet has seen a boom in the sale of binoculars, telescopes and fancy camera gadgets for capturing the once in a lifetime sighting, but there have also been other effects. Despite the disappointment of seeing merely a fuzzy ball, many of those who got out of bed at the ungodly hour of 3 am or 4 am, or shivered at midnight on a mountain, were moved by the unique experience. The coming of the comet has also given rise to thoughts about the human condition as we head towards 2,000 AD and about those old perennials: Science and Religion.

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